Learn to scuba dive! Kick-off social



Explore, Experience, Enjoy. Why limit yourself to the land?

Two thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. If the earth’s was a flat surface, with no mountains, it would be completely covered in 10km of water. What I’m saying is… There’s a lot of it.

And a lot lives in it.

Coral reefs are the rainforests of the ocean, with the highest biodensity. In the open seas huge animals roam vast territories.

The sea bed is littered with the remnants of human exploration and conflict. Wrecks are wonderful to explore, come with a story and are often teeming with life. Some are a mystery.

There are seemingly endless possibilities of exploration, experience and enjoyment. Whatever you seek – be it historical wrecks or stunning natural wonders, tiny creations of startling cuteness or great leviathans, adrenaline or tranquillity – all that and much, much more can be found underwater.

Words can hardly describe the unreal feeling of apparent weightlessness as you glide through the water!

The uDare Scuba group has an amazing time doing all this together. Interested in trying this for yourself? 

http://www.meetup.com/uDare-London-Scuba/

(This event is open to both uDare Adventures and uDare Scuba)

How to learn

At this social event you can find out all you need to know about learning to dive and ask any questions.

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the world’s leading scuba diving training organisation.  Yes it is quite cheesy, but here’s a link to PADI’s short video about learning to dive:

http://www.padi.com/scuba/scuba-diving-guide/start-scuba-diving/

The learning process can be split into two steps:

Step 1: Open Water Referral, comprising

(a) Independent study (there’s a fairly straightforward manual to read through)

(b) Review of independent study and exam 

(c) Confined water (e.g. pool) training (1 day)

Step 2: Open Water dives

Steps 1 and 2 can be undertaken together or separtely, culminating in certification as a PADI Open Water Diver.

We will talk through the various options and answer all your questions (besides having a couple of drinks and general chat!).

It can all be done here in the UK. For those who prefer that, that is still excellent… But we also propose something a bit more special: We would do the theory (not too hard or boring!) and dive skills (5 pool dives – fun!) here in the UK. Then we head for the warm and life-rich Red Sea in Egypt to complete the qualifying dives in the open water. There are four of these, taking two days and that leaves the rest of the week in sunny Egypt to dive for fun and gain get some confidence, with experienced divers and guides always on hand.

In summary, that is Step 1 here in the UK and Step 2 overseas in lovely warm water.

In fact, we already have events lined up for this!

Step 1 here in the UK:

http://www.meetup.com/uDare-London-Scuba/events/176771142/

Step 2 in the fabulous Marsa Nakari:

http://www.meetup.com/uDare-London-Scuba/events/175796642/

If you can't make the proposed date for Step 1 here in the UK then no probs as this can be arranged for another date. Even if you can't make the trip this social event is still a great way to find out more about learning to dive and exploring all the options.

The pics shown here by the way are all from a previous uDare Scuba trip to the same spot that's very much in mind for this.

Sounds good? Well, it is good!


Venue

The Tokenhouse has a great selection of beers and wine,  and despite what their website says, the full food menu is available in the evening.

http://www.tokenhousemoorgate.co.uk/

Unless we get moved, you should find us on the far left hand side as you enter the bar, just before the staircase. 

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Be considerate, be responsible and enjoy!

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  • Jagdeep

    I am unable to attend today, will there be an alternative future event?

    May 27, 2014

  • Jay

    Hi. My partner and I are both PADI advanced open but would be interested in any diving trips abroad!

    April 30, 2014

    • Chris

      I'd be very happy indeed to see you and your partner diving with us! I've sent you a welcome email as I see you just joined the group. Welcome :-)

      May 1, 2014

  • Stefanie

    I would love to come but I am flying back from holiday on that. Hopefully you'll have other similar meetups later.

    April 16, 2014

    • Chris

      Hi Chymeera, how's about coming along to the uDare Scuba social in June instead? All are always welcome: http://www.meetup.com...­

      April 16, 2014

  • Sophie

    Hi Chris, can you advise on the budget to plan for both dinner and diving please

    March 23, 2014

    • Sophie

      Thanks Chris, I was referring to a dinner after the session :). I understand then this is not a 1 off session but trip planning. I'd be interested though May is a bit close on my Holliday plan; no big Holliday I'm afraid before the 2nd semester. Thank you for the precisions though, much appreciated

      March 23, 2014

    • Chris

      Hi Sophie! Just to be clear, if you are interested in learning to dive, this is the event to come to. I'll provide the necessary information and describe the various options. Yes, one of those options includes completing the course overseas, for which I propose a group trip - but that is not the only possibility. In summary, if you are interested in learning to dive, this is still a good meetup to come to :-)

      March 24, 2014

  • Chris

    Excellent question from Shahzad.

    You need to be able to swim 200m. It doesn't matter how long it takes or what stroke you use - just do it however you like. You also need to float/tread water for 10 minutes. Most people float surprisingly easily.

    You will have to demonstrate both these things, but in a very encouraging and supportive environment.

    You certainly don't have to be a great swimmer to enjoy scuba diving. In the same way that not all hikers are super-fit mountaineers! Lots of divers are not especially strong swimmers. A good friend of mine is a great diver with over 1500 dives around the world - and by his own admission is not a very good swimmer.

    You can choose the type of diving and destinations with suitable conditions to suit your ability.

    I might also say that if you aren't a strong swimmer, this might be a great motivator to improve. It can save your life, after all.

    Hope that helps. Any more questions from anyone, just ask.

    March 12, 2014

    • Shahzad

      Yes , I have e been having lessons for last two months. It's so hard to learn swimming. I have one lesson this evening :) may be one day I will join you guys there

      March 19, 2014

    • Chris

      Keep at it! The first 10m or so are the hardest. Once you've mastered those the distances will increase much more easily. I predict a sudden breakthrough where it all starts to come together!

      March 22, 2014

  • Chris

    One more thing, please do feel VERY welcome to join the uDare Scuba meetup group and come along to one of the monthy socials. There are two coming up before this "learn to dive" get together - one in April and on in May.
    Unfortunately I am not around but Stuart and anyone else there will be really pleased to see you and talk things through. Over a beer, naturally.

    March 12, 2014

  • Shahzad

    Is knowing swimming mandatory for this?

    March 11, 2014

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